Mr. De la Bère
asked the Minister of Food what steps he is taking to encourage further production of sugar from Empire sources with special regard to the giving of dollars on imports from hard currency areas.
§ Mr. Strachey
A strong incentive to expand Empire sugar production has been provided by our undertaking to purchase the entire quantity of sugar which can be made available, for export from all sugar producing countries within the Commonwealth up to the end of 1952. Since the end of the war the recovery in Commonwealth production has made remarkable progress, and greatly reduced our dependence on purchases of dollar sugar required to meet United Kingdom consumption.